Hiking with Kids in Big Bend National Park – Rise and Shine!We woke and ate breakfast in our room (packing those groceries was a great idea). The sun was up and lighting Casa Grande before we managed to peak our heads out.† Fortunately, for late April, the weather was still supposed to be pleasant. Meaning, not skin-searing heat – just a warm enough you would not want to stay in the direct sun for too long. We took the winding mountain road out of the Chisos Basin and went east to the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.† We began at our farthest destination and worked our way back toward the Chisos.† It seems like nearly every hike in Big Bend tells you to hike early or late to avoid the heat and crowds but that is not possible for every hike.† So we tried to make our longest hike first.† Which meant first stop, Santa Elena Canyon! We tend to be ambitious travelers and plan more than tends to be feasible (particularly, with young kids) but we also have no problem being flexible enough to scratch things as needed.† Our itinerary for hiking with kids keeps things on route without†much wasted travel.
- Santa Elena Canyon Trail
- Mule Ears Overlook
- Lower Burro Mesa Pour-Off
- Sam Nail Ranch
- Panther Junction
- Fossil Exhibit
Next: Day Five: BBNP (Boquillas, Hot Springs, & the Rio Grande)
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